Ophilia’s Drowning

Is it true that artists create their best work when they are broken?

This is a bit of side series to Jesper Kristiansen’s “Drowning”. When we met, he told me the story, about his inspiration for that set. It’s about a personal experience, about loss, about surviving, about breathing when you feel as if you are drowning.

In my own way, in other circumstances I’ve been there too.

It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply.

That reference to Shakespeare’s Ophelia, love and tragedy… “Loving you was the most exquisite form of self-destruction.”

I’ve spent a lot of time asking myself what to do in those spaces in time when trying to get past something, feeling so low and like I really want to escape the world. Is that the time to just follow the course you’ve set out, one foot in front of the other, believing that regardless of how you feel, your feet will carry you to the other side of the tunnel, if you just keep going? Is it a time to create, to pour all of those feelings into art?

I believe it is a little bit of both. Maybe we have more to give when everything is not going perfectly?! In any case, let’s keep creating, through the good and the bad times.

This series was shot by Jesper Kristian, assisted by Balazs Mashalla Popal. Jesper is an artist and photographer who I’ve followed and been inspired by for some years now. I would say his trademark thing is elaborate and just incredible flower setups.

We got to work together one weekend in Aalborg and I hope to see him again in 2018.

See more of his work on Insta here: Jesper Kristian

2 Replies to “Ophilia’s Drowning”

  1. I can control / create my emotional state. It’s something that has left me wondering what impact it would have on the lives of people like artists if it was commonplace. I find it incredibly interesting that we attach so many abstract sentiments to our emotions – emotions which in themselves are created by the physical body; a more or less mechanical process at that. It also begs the question whether we should really frown on the ‘negative’ experiences of life, given how much we depend on them (if you take into account the ‘flavour’ they lend to our self-narratives). And it also puts the spotlight on inspiration – is it really due to the emotions we experience, or are these emotions simply a conduit to something we have not the mind to identify that is the actual source of our inspiration? So many questions…

    1. Hey Leo, I’ve never been so good at hiding or controlling my emotions, but I do envy a bit those who can. And yes, I do agree with you, in many ways these things we feel make us who we are and they can, if we do it right, I hope, maybe drive us to be better, to make changes for a stronger future, I’m hoping 🙂
      And still, yes, so many questions :p

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